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Daily Operations

Documents Required for Operation

The Small Boat Safety Board has identified several administrative documents that must be carried on board, or filed ashore prior to getting underway. This page gives a brief overview of the primary documents. A full listing of required documents can be found in Chapter 6 of the Small Boat Standards & Procedure Manual.

  • : Each small boat must carry onboard a copy of the Small Boat Standards & Procedures Manual.

Placards Required for Operation

  • All motorized small boats must have a sign or placard, prohibiting the discharge of oil or oily waste per 33 CFR 155.450). These signs can be purcahsed at most marine supply stores.
  • All motorized small boats must have a sign or placard, listing regulations for discharging garbage per Annex V of MARPOL. These signs can be purcahsed at most marine supply stores, US Power Squadron, and Boat US.    

Minimum Carriage Requirements for First Aid Kits

 All small boats must carry first aid kits. The kits must take into account the boat's intended operations, and the number of people carried aboard. The following are suggested inventories, based on class of boat

Safety Orientation Checklist

 Health Questionnaire for Personnel

All personnel working aboard a small boat are encouraged to fill out a Health Questionnair. Though participation is voluntary, critital health information can be essential when a crewmember is incapaciated.

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